March 17, 1991 |
Two students stepped out of a history class at Cal State Long Beach a few months ago and got into a fistfight in a dispute over African-American history. During the confrontation, one of the combatants hurled a series of racial epithets at the other, who is black. Last month, an educational psychology professor was accused of belittling African-American culture in class and using a racial slur in a conversation with a black student. The Black Student Union demanded his ouster.
March 22, 1990 |
Malcolm Forbes, the flamboyant publisher known for his relationships with hot-air balloons and Elizabeth Taylor, had been dead only a week when rumors about his sexual orientation hit the mainstream media. In a USA Today gossip column, Forbes, the divorced father of five children and grandfather of nine, was described as "leading a gay lifestyle for at least the last five years."
April 3, 1994 |
The newest dormitory at Brown University, one set aside chiefly for African Americans, is called Harambee House, Swahili for "the coming together of community." Already on Brown's hilltop campus overlooking downtown are Hispanic House, French House, Slavic House, East Asian House and German House.
July 4, 1994 |
Fred Hersch doesn't have a lot of time for self-pity these days. With no less than seven albums on the market that include his participation as piano soloist, producer or composer, his 20-year career in the jazz business has suddenly begun to take off. Ironically, the increased attention is, in some measure at least, related to his announcement last year that he is HIV-positive and gay--one of the first such public revelations by a well-known jazz performer.
January 13, 2013 |
When I was 7 years old, my friends and I would play football in my backyard for hours, often with my mother watching through the kitchen window. One of the games we played was called "smear the queer. " At the time I didn't know what "queer" meant. I only knew if you were brave enough to pick up the ball, you were "the queer" and would get creamed. As I got older, I learned what that term meant, and then, in high school, I realized that I was gay. But that image of how "the queer" got "smeared" stayed with me. I ultimately realized my goal of becoming a professional football player, but being open about my sexuality while I was a player seemed far too dangerous to consider.
November 8, 1989 |
In a blow to Mayor Larry Agran and the city's political establishment, religious fundamentalists and conservatives scored a major victory in an unprecedented battle in Orange County over homosexual rights. By approving Measure N, voters removed protections for homosexuals from the city's 15-month-old human rights ordinance. It was the first vote of its kind in Southern California, and Agran, one of the leading opponents of the measure, labeled the outcome a "terrible setback."
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February 15, 1996 |
Huong Nguyen's family had to leave its world, postwar Vietnam, to forge a new life in the United States. Now the UCLA senior has had to stand between two other spheres, torn between her identity as a bisexual and her commitment to the military. On Feb. 1, Nguyen was dropped from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, nine months after she wrote to her commander, saying she is gay. (Although she used the term "gay" in her letter, she identifies herself as bisexual.
April 2, 1992 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday dismissed charges against a gay sheriff's deputy accused of falsifying a 1989 arrest report, ending a case that had prompted accusations of discrimination and fueled calls for an independent police force in West Hollywood, where he had worked. Judge Judith L. Champagne granted a motion by prosecutors to drop charges against Deputy Bruce C. Boland. Boland faced a felony charge of preparing false evidence and three related misdemeanor charges.
January 28, 1993 |
President Clinton plans to issue a policy order as early as today that will formally direct the military to halt new prosecutions of homosexual members of the armed services and to cease asking new recruits about their sexual orientation, White House officials said Wednesday.
September 20, 2013 |
If lawyers are forbidden to remove prospective jurors based on their race or gender, they shouldn't be able to do so on the basis of the jurors' sexual orientation. That's the rule in California state courts, and this week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to rule that it should apply in federal trials as well. We agree that all courts should treat sexual orientation in this setting in the same way they do race and gender. But that won't address the underlying problem, which is that it is easy for lawyers to conceal discriminatory motives for so-called peremptory challenges of prospective jurors.